Seattle Police Department team takes on riot control, police reformson May 10, 2012 @ 12:39 pm (Updated: 1:17 pm - 5/10/12 )
Seattle Police Chief John Diaz says the leadership team will focus on 20 previously announced police reforms called the SPD 20/20 Plan.
"Ultimately, I'm accountable for implementing this program and I believe with the men and woman that are involved in this, they're extremely talented, we are going to make that committment happen," said Diaz.
Police announced the members of the team at a news conference Thursday at Seattle Police Headquarters.
Assistant Chief Mike Sanford says implementation team members will focus on individuals reforms identified in the SPD 20/20 plan. The first reform involves improving the way police handle protests.
"And our goal as a police department is to figure out the tactics that allow us to get past the peaceful demonstrators to the criminals, as quickly as we can, without intervening in the demnonstration. That is complex," Sanford said.
Other reforms spelled out in the SPD 20/20 Plan include improving ways to de-escalate violent situations, updating use-of-force standards, and increasing transparency and accountability.
Mayor Mike McGinn insists the SPD 20/20 initiative is separate from needed changes outlined in a U.S. Justice Department investigation into excessive use of force by Seattle Police.
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